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A Week in Paris

3.94  ·  Rating details ·  2,250 ratings  ·  212 reviews
1961: Born on the day that WW2 broke out, 21-year-old Fay Knox cannot remember her early childhood in London, before she moved to a Norfolk village with her mother, Kitty. Though she has seen a photograph of her father, she does not recall him either. He died, she was told, in an air raid, and their house destroyed along with all their possessions. Why then, on a visit to ...more
Kindle Edition, 481 pages
Published July 31st 2014 by Simon & Schuster UK
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Mike Sumner
Oct 28, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Having looked at other reviews on Goodreads of Rachel Hore's 'A Week In Paris' it appears that most readers are female. I trust that I am not alone as a male reader because I thoroughly enjoyed this compelling story, set in the years between 1937 and 1961 and located mainly in Paris, a city I love and know so many of the places featured, although in these pages darkened by the Nazi Occupation during the 2nd World War. A well developed plot, comprehensively researched, with wonderful ...more
Aug 09, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-with-gianna
In 2011, my younger sister decided to try out for a basketball team in Germany. When my older sister and I found out that she was going to Europe, we decided to go with her. And add a trip to Paris because, why not? I'd never wanted to go to Paris. Not that I want to go, but my dream trip was to Italy, and I'd already been there. Paris was a surprising suggestion, but if someone asks you if you want to go to Paris, don't say no. I didn't, of course, and my sisters and I went to Germany then took ...more
Oct 31, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: kindle, netgalley
I finished this book yesterday and I wish for another similar to it. It's one of my favorite types of fiction with two historical periods with an object or person connecting the two storylines. In this book by Rachel Hore, I got exactly what I wanted to read. We have a character, Fay Knox, searching for her past during WWII in France. She's offered a chance to travel to Paris for a one week stay. Her mother, Kitty, has been silent about Fay's childhood and she wants to discover why that is.

Dec 12, 2014 rated it did not like it
So much more could have been made of this story. The writing was flat and pedestrian, barely scratching the surface of the likely emotion the characters would have felt in these tragic circumstances. I felt I was reading the offering of an A level student, yet to embark on the business of life and learning what it is to truly feel. So many times I almost gave up on it. Finally, once France was occupied, some tension entered the story and I carried on. I have not come across this author before ...more
Dec 30, 2016 rated it it was ok
* I've got this book from NetGalley in exchange of a honest review*

Well, firstly, I would like to start with a fact, that I love reading stories related with WWI or WWII. So I was eager to start reading this book. However I wasn't impressed with a writing style, because I had to force myself to read it and honestly, I felt bored most of the time and it took me ages to finish this book.
Secondly the characters were flat and boring. There were almost nothing that made me care about what will
Jun 21, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
" A Week in Paris" is a dual storyline tale switching between Paris in the 30's and 40's and Paris in the 1960's. Reminiscent of books like Those Who Save Us and 22 Britannia Road, a mother and her child are at the heart of this story. A talented musician, Fay Knox is intrigued by family secrets her mother, Kitty, doesn't want to talk about. While in Paris she decides to reconnect with people that knew her family during the war. But is Fay ready to face what her mother has tried so desperately ...more
Oct 08, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: everyone who loves Paris
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The streets of Paris hide a dark past. This is an historical walk through the streets of the city of light that we booktrailers thought we knew. There is so much history carved into every stone, monument and church that we hadn't realised.

This is a multilayered Paris that is both fascinating and heartbreaking to explore. The changes from a city of light and innocence to one of fear and suspicion is deftly handled and the people so
Nov 03, 2016 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
This was a quick read, but I found myself rather bored with it early on. I think this is probably one of the weakest books by Rachel Hore. I was rather unimpressed with it, and I just wanted it to be done and over with. I think her heroines were rather weak, damsels in distress types, and I just CANNOT identify with that at all.
Oct 29, 2014 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: someone wanting a light, easy read
Recommended to Susan by: no-one
This is the tale of Fay, who on a working trip to Paris uncovers the secrets of her mother's wartime past in the City of Light. Told in a tried and tested formula - we move between Fay in the 1960s and her mother, Kitty, in war-torn Paris - we have the usual cast of characters. Eugene, Kitty's husband and Fay's father, brave member of the resistance. Sister Marie-Francois, head of the convent in Paris in which Kitty stays when she first arrives - a convent which, predictably, plays a larger part ...more
Aug 23, 2016 rated it it was ok
This book seemed very old-school, reminiscence of Mary Stewart's style. For some that would be a positive, but it just felt out-of-step to me. I'm no longer that young girl that read these type of books with thrall, and it difficult to believe that people were truly that naïve and innocence -- which made the characters seem one dimensional.

For lack of a better analogy --it would be like trying to watch a episode of Father Knows Best or Leave It To Beaver. . .

I did receive a free copy of this
Aug 05, 2016 rated it liked it
This is a story of love and loss and war. Fay Knox and her mother Kitty have memories of Paris where Kitty met and fell in love with Fay’s dad during the 1940’s. Fay’s mother Kitty, will not talk about her early years in Paris and Fay has cloudy memories. As Fay tries to uncover some of the things her mother is keeping hidden the story goes back and forth between past and present and Fay may not like what she finds. I would like to thank the Publisher and Net Galley for the chance to read this ...more
Emma Crowley
Oct 05, 2014 rated it really liked it
Just when you think what else could possibly be written about World War Two along comes Rachel Hore with her new novel A Week in Paris. A fascinating, gripping, intriguing tale that kept me turning the pages as quick as possible keen to discover the mystery surrounding Kitty and Fay. Rachel Hore is amongst one of my favourite authors and having read all her previous releases I have been waiting impatiently for her new book and thankfully after such high expectations Rachel once again delivers ...more
Jo Ring
Nov 18, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Would be a 9/10. Really enjoyed this book set mainly in Paris before and during the occupation of WW2.
Jul 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: a, historical-fiction
Beautifully written, shifting between 1961 and WWII, this novel really drew me in. An unusual perspective of Paris during the war and likeable characters. Recommended.
Mairead Hearne (
'The City of Lights hides a dark past…’

A Week in Paris is a novel by Rachel Hore originally published in 2014.

Described as ‘a riveting tale of love, war and music that follows two women decades apart, who are connected by a shocking secret’, I was delighted to receive a copy from the wonderful TripFiction to review on their behalf.

Please so continue reading for my thoughts….

A Week in Paris is a book that transports the reader from Paris, during the terrifying years of the German invasion
Jun 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed this interesting well documented book. I learnt quite a bit about the French town Vittel during the Occupation, and how the Germans used its camp primarily to house British and American citizens residing in France.
The story is quite good too and although I am not too fond of novels in which the author uses a lot of flashbacks, in this case, they are useful. It kept me really interested all along and I read it very fast, which is always a good sign.

I am giving it five stars in
Ian Brydon
Nov 17, 2014 rated it really liked it
A little while ago a friend of mine encouraged me to read Rachel Hore's previous book, 'The Silent Tide'. I was a bit reluctant, foolishly imagining that it might be aimed predominantly at a female audience and I might find it too romantic for my taste. I couldn't have been more wrong - I found it a charming and riveting read, and I was very glad to have had it flagged up to me, as I would certainly otherwise have overlooked it.

I was, therefore, keen top read this, her latest offering, and I
Jul 29, 2017 rated it really liked it
A Week in Paris by Rachel Hore is a dual timeline novel. One thread of the story is set in 1961 and follows music student Fay Knox who is in Paris for a week with her orchestra. Fay has grown up knowing very little about her early childhood as her mother refuses to talk about it or to tell her what happened to her father, other than that he was killed during the war. However, when memories start coming back to her, she has reason to believe that the first years of her life may have been spent in ...more
Jo Barton
Oct 29, 2014 rated it really liked it
The story of love, loss and wartime memories are nicely portrayed in this historical narrative which tells the story of Fay Knox and her mother Kitty, both of whom have long buried memories of Paris. Kitty was a naive young woman when she went to Paris in the 1940s to study music, whilst there she met and fell in love with Eugene Knox, a young American doctor and together they made a life with their baby daughter, Fay. Twenty years later, Fay appears to have some shadowy memories of Paris but ...more
Dec 04, 2014 rated it it was ok
This book had a storyline with a lot of interesting angles and opportunities (especially as Paris can be both a dramatic and romantic setting – both Nazi-occupied Paris and post-war Paris)but that didn’t live up to the potential. Despite the setting, and the events that took place, I never really felt the threat of danger for Kitty and Gene. The drama and the characters all felt distant, created only on the surface. Kitty in particular was vapid and somewhat annoying. But the novel probably ...more
Diane Will
The title ' A Week in Paris' sounds like a read that would draw you in completely for the title, but I have to say it was a little disappointing and I felt a little too long and a bit flat. Two characters, Kitty, who enrols in the Conservatoire, 1937 to hopefully become a concert pianist. War breaks out and she finds herself torn whether to stay with her husband or take her and her child back home to England. She stays. Fay, 25 years later, doesn't have many memories of her childhood and now ...more
Joy  Finlayson
Nov 16, 2014 rated it really liked it
Set in France during World War Two and then in the 1960s, A Week in Paris tells the story of Kitty Knox and her daughter, Fay. It successfully combines reported speech, flashbacks and experience of the Occupation. Rachel Hore brings a unique perspective on war by focusing on France and on the impact it had on those from all nations.

At close to 500 pages, I felt the story slowed significantly in the middle, at the point where it had the potential to be its most exciting, so this did put me off.
Aug 20, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: general-fiction
A good story, but there was a lot about Fay's memories of her early years in Paris. As in younger than 3. It's just ridiculous to suppose that she has memories of that early in her life. So the whole thing seemed false to me. Also, the modern story, of Fay and Adam was just flat and boring.
Jul 29, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: kindle
A really enjoyable read - review to follow
Milly Potter
hmmmm, not my favouritist. A good idea & a genre I enjoy reading, but the writing wasn't the best.
Aug 18, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: dual-time
Didn't love this as much as her other books - will think about it before reviewing
Aug 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Sep 05, 2016 rated it it was ok
Shelves: dual-time-period
Wow, I don’t think I’ve read a novel that is so unabashedly unrepentant about being almost entirely exposition. Sure, it’s cloaked as remembrances, as reminiscences, but really, it’s just exposition. Thus, what would have been a 3 star novel for me, is a two and a half star story, docked a half star for the completely unoriginal idea of having one character tell another character everything there is to know about the latter’s past. For these types of novels, that is, one of a person searching ...more
Jul 22, 2017 rated it it was ok
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Oct 03, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Fay Knox has no memories of her life before the age of five when she went to live with her mother in Norfolk. At the age of 16 on a school trip to Paris she can’t shrug off feelings of déjà vu. Then, five years later she returns to Paris for a week. Her mother Kitty has always insisted she has never been to France but now she finally gives Fay a clue, one which suggests that she hasn’t exactly been truthful about Fay’s early years. It is up to Fay to turn detective on her trip to try and ...more
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Rachel Hore worked in London publishing for many years before moving with her family to Norwich, Norfolk and turning to writing fiction.

Rachel is the Sunday Times bestselling author of The Dream House (2006), The Memory Garden (2007), The Glass Painter's Daughter (2009), which was shortlisted for the Romantic Novelists' Association Novel of the Year 2010, A Place of Secrets (2010), which was a
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